Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Director of Insurance and Risk Management Services. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director of Insurance and Risk Management Services.
The Assistant Director assists the Director with the insurance, claims handling, and risk management operations throughout the university by planning, designing, and implementing new programs and/or changes to existing programs. The Assistant Director participates in strategic planning efforts, supports the priorities and goals of the unit, and assists with appropriate allocation of resources. The Assistant Director directly provides leadership, supervision and direction for a sub-group of staff members with the Insurance and Risk Managements Services unit.
The Assistant Director of Insurance and Risk Management Services will:
Assist in directing, planning and administering a comprehensive insurance program;
Implement appropriate risk financing techniques that include commercial insurance and self-insurance strategies to ensure that coverage is consistent with university needs;
Supervise and manage tort and insurance claims, focus on successful resolution, and oversee the integrity of claims information;
Report data for trending and develop risk mitigation strategies where needed;
Collaborate with teammates to provide advice as it relates to insurance requirements, indemnification language, and other risk-shifting provisions in contracts, leases, and agreements;
Consult with risk owners and advise on how to proactively identify, assess, and treat risks in their respective areas, projects, or activities;
Communicate with units and provide support, education, training and guidelines to the university within the scope of the insurance programs and risk management practices;
Support the university in preparedness efforts and emergency response situations;
Active participation on various committees and groups;
Provide supervision and direction for assigned professional faculty and staff;
Assist with monitoring/reconciling fiscal accounts and appropriately allocating resources; and
In conjunction with the Director, advance the strategic plan and priorities of the university, division and unit.
Assists the Director of Insurance and Risk Management Services to direct, plan and administer the risk management and insurance services program to protect the university’s financial, human, physical and reputation resources in its diverse and expansive activities.
Partners and collaborates with units, departments, colleges, and other stakeholders on risk-related matters, provides value-added risk consulting, and supports risk management strategies to appropriately treat risks and maximize opportunities throughout the university.
Implements procedures, plans and programs in consideration of statutes, rules and regulations, and works to embed/integrate risk management into processes and procedures throughout the university.
Creates, implements and communicates/presents risk management educational programs to promote a culture of risk awareness.
Pulls together data related to the university’s total cost of risk, tracks risk-related metrics (key performance indicators and key risk indicators), and compiles information for unit reports.
Collaboratively works with other 4-year, public institutions in Oregon as members of the Public Universities Risk Management and Insurance Trust (PURMIT) and serves as a member of the Risk Council.
Implements strategic risk financing techniques to include commercial insurance, self-insurance, and alternative financial strategies to ensure the university has appropriate coverage that is consistent with its needs.
Leads the efforts relating to insurance policy renewal planning process and purchase, ensures efficient and comprehensive collection of exposure information, tracks data, and completes insurance applications and provides guidance to staff throughout the process.
Discusses new and current programs and projects with stakeholders to ensure appropriate and adequate insurance coverage is in place.
20% DAY TO DAYOPERATIONS
Manages incoming inquiries and requests regarding risk management services, policies, procedures, rules, and statutes.
Evaluates operational and activity-level risks, and provides risk management knowledge/guidance and insurance expertise to the university community.
Collaborates with teammates to provide direction, support and advice as it relates to insurance requirements, indemnification language, and other risk-shifting provisions in contracts, leases, or agreements.
Actively participates on university committees and groups and represents the university in professional organizations.
May respond to emergencies and disasters as part of the university’s incident command system (ICS) or other response team.
Provides leadership and supervision on, and also manages, tort and insurance claims and potential claims, ensuring that claims are reported, investigated, adjusted and settled in a manner consistent with insurance industry practices and state requirements.
Collaborates with Office of General Counsel on claims.
Assists with minimizing litigation; takes efforts to reduce claims costs; tracks, analyzes, and reports claims data; and develops appropriate action plans and risk mitigation strategies where needed.
Leads team in analyzing claims data to determine trends, root causes and communicates results to division leadership and departments. Benchmarks against other institutions. Leads efforts to target loss mitigation efforts as indicated by trends.
10% SUPERVISORY / OFFICEADMINISTRATION
Provides leadership and supervision for assigned professional faculty and staff; hires and trains employees; sets work priorities and schedules and oversees delegation of day to day operations; acts on performance issues; and addresses grievances.
Assigns special projects and tasks and monitors for completion and adherence to established goals and objectives; and assesses performance through completion of written evaluations.
Reviews, drafts, and recommends operating procedures that promote efficient use of unit resources.
Provides oversight/review of invoices for accuracy and ensures accurate distribution and allocation of premiums and deductibles. Assist with monitoring and reconciling funds/accounts to ensure fiscal accountability.
Promotes quality customer service and ensures compliance with university policies, standards, and procedures.
10% PROJECT / PROGRAMDEVELOPMENT
Works in conjunction with the Director on continual program enhancement and departmental development, to include enhancing communication outreach efforts
Executes on projects and program enhancements to improve service and data management, automate systems and reporting, streamline and document processes/procedures, and increase efficiencies.
Leads efforts on database and/or information system implementation
Performs other duties as required.
Bachelor’s degree (some preference may be given for degrees in a related discipline).
Five (5) years of experience in risk management, property and casualty insurance, or related area.
Two (2) years of supervisory experience.
Demonstrated leadership ability as evidenced by successful experience in personnel management or budget & fiscal management.
Effective interpersonal, communication (oral and written) and negotiation skills.
Strong quantitative, analytical, and financial management skills.
Working knowledge in risk management techniques, insurance principles, and claims management.
Working knowledge or experience in a self-insured environment or within an insurance pool or trust.
Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
Commitment to highest level of ethics and integrity.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Advanced Degree (i.e., MBA, MPA , JD).
Holds certifications or designations in one or more of the following:
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
Associate in Risk Management ( ARM )
Certified Risk Manager (CRM)
Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
RIMS–Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS – CRMP)
Associate in Claims (AIC)
Trained and experienced in NIMS /Incident Command System.
Proven leadership experience in risk management and insurance in a higher education institution.
Experience with public sector risk management and working knowledge of state governmental immunities.
Oregon State is a leading public research university located in Corvallis, one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation.
Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations.
As Oregon’s leading public research university, with $308.9 million in external funding in the 2015 fiscal year, Oregon State’s impact reaches across the state and beyond.
With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.232 billion.